Welcome to English Linguistics in the Department of English at Saarland University

The central areas of teaching and research at the Section of English Linguistics are concerned with the correspondences between form and meaning available in natural language. Key questions and issues in our investigations are: How can the systematic nature of English sentences be explained within the cognitive system of human language? In which areas can we identify telling differences and similarities, respectively, compared to earlier stages of the language, to currently spoken varieties of English, and to other languages? What are the subtle regularities of grammatical structures; what are the consequences for our understanding of the still largely underappreciated linguistic system in general? 


News and Events



Remus Gergel, Mohammad Bablli and Maike Puhl presented a cross-linguistic work with the title Iteratives driving the wrong way? Limiting unidirectionality from Saarland to Semitic at this year's FoDS6 conference in Cologne. (Sept. 6-7. 2021).

Students  presented their empirical work on the Structure of Colloquial English at this term’s Poster Day on July 29, 2021 (virtually).

Our chair has been awarded a DFG-funded project to work on decompositional adverbials („Decomposing decomposition“) which has already started to fund several students. The project began work on July 1, 2021. (Abstract)

Kurt Erbach gave a presentation on June 23, 2021 on the evolution of countability in the history of English.

Dr. Beatrice Santorini, UPenn and Juliane Elter, Mannheim gave invited talks on "Using linguistic corpora to study grammar in situations of variation and change" and "Copies versus Cognates in Contact between closely related Languages", respectively, at this term’s Poster Day in English Linguistics on February 2, 2021.


Earlier Highlights

Remus Gergel, Ingo Reich and Augustin Speyer organized a workshop on Particles in German, English and beyond on January 21-22, 2019.  Click here for the workshop website.

39th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society in Saarbrücken from March 8th to 10th, 2017.

Our chair organized the second edition of Formal Diachronic Semantics on November 20-21, 2017: http://fods2.uni-saarland.de